Varnado helps Troy roll past Coastal Carolina 87-78
TROY, Ala. (AP) Jordon Varnado scored 17 points, DeVon Walker scored 13 with 10 rebounds, and Troy led wire-to-wire in an 87-78 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
Troy (14-12, 6-6 Sun Belt) led 48-37 at the break before Elijah Wilson’s 3 cut it to 48-40 seven seconds into the second half. The Trojans responded with a 20-6 run over the next seven minutes to take a 68-46 lead with 13:06 left, and the lead remained in double digits until the final seconds.
Varnado, who was named the Sun Belt player of the week on Tuesday, finished 6 of 11 from the field and added six rebounds.
The Trojans average 40.8 rebounds per game – seventh in the country – and outrebounded Coastal Carolina 39-32, including 13 offensive, leading to 14 second-chance points.
Wilson made four 3s to lead the Chanticleers (13-13, 8-5) with 17 points. Shivaughn Wiggins also made four 3s and finished with 14 points.